Dozens gather in Albany to protest verdict in Trayvon Martin case

July 15, 2013
Updated 10:22 a.m.
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Over sixty people congregated for peaceful activism on the steps of NYS Capital on Monday morning for a four minute moment of silence in memory of Tavon Martin. Pictured is Corrie Terry speaking about the case before the moment of silence.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Over sixty people congregated for peaceful activism on the steps of NYS Capital on Monday morning for a four minute moment of silence in memory of Tavon Martin. Pictured is Corrie Terry speaking about the case before the moment of silence.

— More than 60 people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol this morning to protest the jury’s decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The protesters, many wearing hoodies, stood in silence for four minutes — the amount of time it took Martin to bleed out after he was shot, according to protest organizer Corrie Terry.

Following the period of silence, the group sang Ella’s song by Bernice Johnson Reagon, which has the refrain: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

Individual protesters addressed the group, demanding that justice be served and relaying their fears for their own children.

Neighborhood watch captain Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday night in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Zimmerman wasn’t arrested for 44 days after the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting as police in Sanford insisted that Florida’s “stand your ground” law on self-defense prohibited them from bringing charges. Florida gives people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear death or bodily harm.

Demonstrations large and small broke out across the country — ranging from a few dozen to more than a thousand — in support of the family of Trayvon Martin as protesters decried the not-guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice.

The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and religious and civil rights leaders urged calm in hopes of ensuring peaceful demonstrations in the wake of a case that became an emotional flash point.

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July 15, 2013
11:30 a.m.
airedale1950 says...

If the Feds go after Zimmerman we should be outraged! Whatever happened to the double jeopardy rule? If the civil rights definition wasn't met for the first prosecution, why should Washington be allowed to initiate new charges? If the state authorities in Florida thought they had half a chance on civil rights charges, they would have been added to the list of original charges brought on Zimmerman. Those guys were looking to hang Zimmerman from square one, when any law student would have seen the evidence necessary to overcome the self defense statute was weak at best. The motivation of the county behind the charges is suspect to begin with ( read political), and additional federal charges would be a huge waste of resources time and money sorely needed elsewhere. How about the money to be wasted on Zimmerman be allocated for our wounded Veterans suffering serious cutbacks in vet's hospitals? Come to think of it...why not petition Obama to pay back the $100 million dollars he spent of our money on a thinly veiled vacation for he and his family in Africa? What, we have no problems here in the USA to resolve? A trip to Appalachia or Detroit would have more constructive...and a whole lot cheaper.

July 15, 2013
1:53 p.m.
reader1 says...

Obama spent $100 million dollars on a vacation to Africa? Don't bother answering because any person of moderate intelligence would know better than that.

RE: Federal prosecution - probably won't happen because it doesn't meet the guidelines.

July 15, 2013
7:18 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I'm still waiting to hear what happened to those two black kids that shot the white baby because his mother would not give them her money? Hmmmmmm...

July 15, 2013
10:33 p.m.
airedale1950 says...

courtesy of washington Times: 'With President Obama set to leave for a weeklong stay in Africa, the goals of his trip — boosting economic partnerships and engagement with the U.S. and promoting democratic development in African nations — are in danger of being overshadowed.
In the days before his departure on Wednesday, much of the attention in Washington has focused instead on the high cost of the trip, estimated to be somewhere between $60 million and $100 million.

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July 15, 2013
10:35 p.m.
airedale1950 says...

Now how moderate IS your intelligence level reader1...????

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